One of my favorite activities as mayor is Saturday Office Hours – my regular practice of meeting with Boiseans to hear their ideas and concerns. And this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, I’ll be at the Grace Jordan Community Center talking with anyone who wants to drop by.
Saturday Office Hours
A Tradition of the Mayor's Office
We began Saturday Office hours when I first came into office as a way to help Boiseans regain trust in their city government after a very difficult time at Boise City Hall. Since then, it’s been a great way to touch base with residents to hear what’s on their minds, to give them an opportunity to ask questions or raise concerns, and to provide another avenue for the city to meet our residents’ needs.
Everyone is welcome on a first-come, first-served basis and has up to 10 minutes to talk with me about any topic related to city government – although I must admit that if the conversation is good the time limit could stretch a bit and topics might wander. But just about anything I can help with is game.
Most often, folks want to discuss neighborhood issues, ideas for the city to pursue, and things like open space and parks. They might be having issues with another government agency and hope I can help. And, some, just want to come in and chat with the mayor – I really love those.
We try to schedule Saturday Office Hours on a quarterly basis. And while we’ll be in the West Bench neighborhood this Saturday, we move these sessions to a different location each time to make it easy for residents all over the city to participate.
There’s no question that these conversations, which range all over the map, make me a better mayor. They help me understand Boiseans’ needs and what they want from their city government. They are a part of the reason I love Boise and its residents so much.
So, if you’re in the neighborhood and have something on your mind, drop by the Grace Jordan Community Center. No appointment is necessary.
As always, thank you for everything you do to help make Boise the most livable city in the country.
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